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Monday, September 27


“Life is a process that we undergo and its output depends on every decision we make.”

Let me tell you my story…

Since 1996, during my younger years in grade school, my family and I usually eat out at Goldilocks located in SM Megamall. We even celebrate several important occasions there like birthdays and anniversaries. But most of the time, we just go there during ordinary days.

I can still remember when Goldilocks used to have its old look: where the utensils are placed before the queue and when the food was served on trays with Goldilocks, the character, printed on it. I can
also remember the taste of their Lechon Paksiw, Kare-kare and of course my favorite dish, Lumpiang Shanghai. Their food always tasted so well –not to mention, their desserts. The leche flan was simply perfect and the pastillas was so creamy and has a lingering taste.

Over the years, my mother tried to replicate Goldilocks’ dishes and learned how to cook them at home. She was a good cook and she made the dishes so well that every time I dine at Goldilocks, it tasted like it was the same thing my mom used to cook; it felt like I was actually at home.
In 1998, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. My whole family became depressed but even cancer couldn’t stop us from fighting. My mother didn’t give up. She fought so hard for almost 10 years with the help of our Savior, our Almighty Father. We prayed for her, even our relatives who were outside the country. I could say that Goldilocks had been on our side during those hard times. Whenever we had the chance, we brought home cakes and pastries from Goldilocks –she always liked those. Good thing they decided to branch out in provinces like Rizal, where we reside. It was just a few streets away from our house.

I was so devastated when my mother died last September 2008. My life started to change completely. I usually send an SMS to my mother every time I arrive safely at the boarding house I’m staying and she always had the time to reply to my messages, but now, even if I send a thousand messages no one is responding to my messages. She really is gone now. It felt like everything that I dreamt for myself together with my mother had been wasted. It was the darkest period of my life. I started cutting my classes, failing my exams as well as my subjects. I had no one to turn to because I was the only son and my father left us after my mother’s death. I'm all alone.

Months have passed and everything was the same… I missed her more than ever.

One time when I was passing through the mall, I saw Goldilocks. I suddenly remembered my mother that time.  I then entered the store to eat since it was dinner time already. I ordered Kare-Kare for myself. I started to eat and suddenly remembered my mother's cooking. I began to ask myself, "Is Mommy happy with what I’ve become?” I'm alone, skinny and my life is pretty messed up. At that very moment I noticed that Goldilocks had an improved aesthetics; then I started to realize things. My mother wouldn’t like what’s happening to me. Like Goldilocks having its new look, I should also find a way to change mine. I need to become a better person like what the new Goldilocks did.

At the time when I was struggling with the changes I’m going through, Goldilocks was there to remind me that there is always room for improvement. Changes have to take place. I didn’t have to waste my life mourning over my mother, thinking that there’s no hope for tomorrow. I should help myself find means to adapt to these changes.

Everything started to feel lively again after I went to Goldilocks. With Goldilocks’ improved system and looks, I also saw myself moving at the same direction –moving forward towards something far better than before. All I need to do is to embrace and accept these changes just the way it is. My mother is gone –nothing can change that, but she instilled us with her love and wisdom. My life has definitely improved… just like Goldilocks.

In the long run, I learned that I have to think maturely: make smarter decisions next time and to take care of my body.  Good thing Goldilocks was there to bring me back to reality.

This day, September 27, marks the second death anniversary of my mother. I know that I still have my family relatives especially my sibling who I could rely on. After she joined our Lord in heaven, she left me with life's lesson that no one could replace.
Since then, every time I dine at Goldilocks, I remember my mother’s cooking and the warmth it brings to my heart. In this way, it feels like my mother is still alive. Goldilocks started to fill the emptiness I feel inside. Goldilocks became a big part of me and it will never be detached from my life.

You’re my number 1, Goldilocks.

Sunday, March 21

Plants VS. Zombies

Do you like strategy games or you just simply like a fun and challenging game? I'm recommending Plants vs. Zombies if you haven't played it yet. It is the fastest-selling game developed and published by Popcap Games. Enjoy hours of fun by playing this game. There is adventure mode available in this game wherein you must defend your house against zombies by planting different types of plants with unique functions on your lawn. There are many mini games to unlock and there is an Endless Game where defending against zombies is really fun but challenging. 

Did you already finish this game? If so, how many times and what is your favorite plant? Mine was the Cattail. :)

(WARNING: PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES is a very addicting game)
 Try Plants VS. Zombies (Trial)

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Tuesday, March 9

Best FREE antivirus, trojan, worms and malware protection

Every computer needs its protection against viruses. An antivirus software is designed to do its job which is to detect and remove viruses from your computer. But not only viruses are harmful to your computer. There are also worms, trojans and malware that can be found everywhere on the internet. There are commercial antivirus solutions that provide complete protection for your computer but do you really need to pay for the software just for your computer protection? 

The answer could be a YES and a NO.

YES if your running a business and you have the budget to buy it. Providing paid antivirus solution for your computer can ensure you that your important files are fully protected.

I'm recommending Kaspersky Antivirus for the best commercial antivirus solution. I tried it for years and viruses, trojans, worms and other malicious files never had the chance to infect my computer. Kaspersky Antivirus provides intense virus protection wherein when it detected virus patterns on your files it automatically informs you and asks for the step you want to make. It has less false-positive detection on viruses that why I'm recommending it. It is the antivirus software that most large companies and schools use.

NO if your a casual computer user. There are many free antivirus software out there that provides a complete antivirus solutions par with some of the commercial antivirus. But not all popular free antivirus software are good. Some software detects only viruses without the capability to detect other malicious content on your computer. Some antivirus software provides but hogs and slows down your whole system and comes with annoying pop-ups and advertisements.

I'm recommending Avast 5 for best free antivirus solution. It provides complete antivirus solution but costs nothing. It provides real-time protection for your computer and provide on-demand scan for thorough and light detection of virus, trojans, malwares and worms whenever you need it. It could also be set to silent/gaming mode where avast won't display notifications for updates and scanning  results. I actually like this feature.

Kaspersky Antivirus (30-day trial)

Thursday, March 4

icloud: Your desktop, files and applications on any computer

A friend of mine suggests that I should try icloud. First question that came into my mind is “what is icloud?” icloud is like having your own computer, your desktop, files, applications, gadgets on any computer. It is virtually your working environment wherein you can view your pictures, edit your documents and share it to others for free. It's like having your operating system on any computer where there is an internet connection whenever you need it.

At the first time you log into icloud. You’ll see a fresh, good looking desktop with sidebar, taskbar, searchbar and instant messenger. With its preloaded applications like icloud’s Productivity tool, ‘Write’ which is compatible with MS Office 97-2003 documents, so you can start working right away.

You’re given 3GB of cloud storage but if you’re paying for a premium service, and then you’ll have 100GB storage.

Icloud also let you access your icloud storage from Windows Explorer without needing to open your web browser with its WebDAV tool. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile.

Both Firefox and Internet Explorer are support as of now. Too bad Chrome isn’t supported yet.
Also, the latest version of Java Runtime Environment is needed by icloud for it to work.
Start Today. Register account at icloud here.


Saturday, February 27

Dropbox: Sync your files across multiple computers

If you have more than one computer or laptop, Dropbox can help you sync your files across the devices with the help of cloud technology or the internet.Dropbox is a software that syncs your files online and across your devices or computers. There will be a folder called 'My Dropbox' on your Documents folder and every time you put your files in this folder, it will be synchronized with your other computers that also have Dropbox installed and with the same Dropbox account.

Your files are uploaded to the Dropbox server so you have secure backup storage thus if your main hard drive failed, you can there is still a copy of your files and you can retrieve it by installing Dropbox to your new drive. The service is free but you can only have 2GB online storage but if your willing to pay, you get more, 10GB.

I have Dropbox installed on my laptop and my sister's laptop. Every time she wants some MP3s or files, I just drop the files in the 'My Dropbox' folder and she'll automatically receive the files. I don't need to attach the files in my email account anymore, or send the files through IM. What I only need to do isdrop it in my dropbox. Try it now, it's free and secure.

(Don't share your dropbox account and password with anyone unless you want them to receive your files also.)

Wednesday, February 24

What is a web browser?

If you are able to browse the world wide web, then you maybe using a web browser. Web browser is basically a client or software that communicates with the interconnected servers across the world and is able to render the 'code' over the network and interprets the 'code' into pleasant view for the users that browses a website or domain.

Upon buying your computer, the default operating system has a specific web browser. Windows has Internet Explorer, Mac has Safari, and Linux has Firefox (Although it varies on the version of Linux) installed by default on the system.

Even though there are default web browser depending on your operating system, these web browsers can be disabled or change by downloading other web browser that is available on the internet.

Monday, February 22

Top 10 Essential Software after a fresh install OS

Got a new computer? Did you format your PC? If yes, then here are the techsnitch's top ten essential software for average computer users. It is recommended to have these type of software.
1. Web browser - Even though operating systems have default web browser, I find it incomplete and has a big security hole. Thank God we have other FREE web browsers better than the default installed web browser. Welcome Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. Goodbye Internet Explorer!


2. Antivirus Software - Security of your computer is one of the important things that you should consider. Having full antivirus software would protect your system from any malicious files and contents. I recommend Avast over Antivir due to its complete protection. Imagine having your thesis documents being corrupted by a virus; I know you don't want that to happen to you. If you have the budget, go for Kaspersky Antivirus.

3. File Compression - Sometimes the file that you downloaded has a weird file extension like .tar or .rar. That only means that the file is compressed and you need to unpack or extract the file to be able to see what's inside the package. I use winrar although it's not completely free; you'll be able to compress/decompress files easily. The only problem is that you can't put passwords on the files you'll compress.


4. Instant Messenger - You probably need to get in touch with your classmates and/or relatives that's why you need an instant messenger. It could come in handy whenever you need something from you friends.


5. Office Suite - Word processing, Slide Presentation, and Spreadsheets are the most common application of office suite. You probably need it whether you are working at the office, or at school. Microsoft Office is widely used in offices, schools and cafes. Open-Office is the alternative system that is free compared to Microsoft.

Open-Office (from http://www.openoffice.org/)
Buy Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

6. Flash Player - Some of the websites that you visit
would require you to have flash player installed before you can
view the contents of the files. It is essential to have Flash Player 10 if you're playing games on facebook. :)

Flash Player for Internet Explorer
Flash Player for Other Browser

7. Optical Disk Burner - You'll need a good software to burn your files easily and with compatibility to other system. You can use IMGBurn - a free tool for burning images and files to disk. A complete Disk Utility and burner like Nero is also a good choice for burning DVD Videos and MP3s.


8. Download Manager - If you like to download multiple and larger files at the same time, it could be practical to use a download manager. Not only does it manage your downloaded files by separating them into different folders depending on the file format but it could also resume broken or interrupted downloads, saving you time.


9. All-In-One Media Player - it could be disappointing when you got a copy of the video you want to view but you can't even open the file. All-In-One Media player are great life savers when you need to play the most popular types of video and audio. I recommend using VLC Media Player to play your media files.

VLC Media Player 1.0.5 (from www.videolan.org)

10. Driver(s) - Installing your printer drivers right away could prevent you from searching for it at unwanted times like when you are in a rush to finish late documents. You're done but you find out that the printer driver is still not installed. Great. It could be troublesome, so save yourself from letting that happen to you by installing not only your printer drivers but also other peripheral drivers.

Find and download your printer driver: